9 Super Fun Items to Help You Save Money
Okay, so it doesn’t seem orthodox to suggest that you buy things to help you save money, but I feel the need to throw in a disclaimer here that if you are truly struggling to get by, of course you should prioritize the essentials and an emergency fund before you make some of the following purchases!
On the other hand, if you have lofty saving goals for the future or need a bit of a morale boast when it comes to your finances, these are ten items that can make saving money fun! I know that I often need incentives to get by – I will save more money if I feel like it’s not a huge burden and I’m not spending every second eating ramen out of the bag.
We watched a documentary a few years ago about a man who goes along the road and picks up roadkill to cook for dinner to save money, and I will tell you right now that I am NOT about that life.
On to the list!
9. Onion Holder
There are plenty of recipes that only make use of half an ingredient, and onions are often a major culprit. It’s hard to know how to store them, and when we do store them, they often get pushed to the back of the fridge never to be seen again.
This cute little onion pod is NOT a life essential, don’t get me wrong, but it’s fun and it will help keep your onions fresh and memorable so that you can just reach for the pod instead of a new onion later in the week. There is also an avocado pod that I absolutely adore, because we all know how expensive avocados can be – the longer we can keep them looking green and tasting great, the better.
If you’re a homeowner, consider replacing your lightbulbs throughout the house with energy saving brands that will save you money in the long run. There are so many varieties these days that you can get just the right shade and wattage of lighting that you’re used to.
It does require an upfront cost, but you can check on the box how long the bulb is supposed to last and how much it can save you on your bills per year. Eventually, they will pay themselves off and you’ll be loving your energy-saving life.
I admit that this is on the list purely because I desperately want to play with it, but large families and those with food wastage problems should really consider checking these out.
This food sealing technique pushes almost all of the air out of the packaging and means that you can keep your food fresh for so much longer.
Whether you’ve got kids learning about saving or you just need a little savings pick-me-up, get yourself a fun new savings jar. I prefer the ones that don’t let you into them easily, as well as this nifty counting one that shows you exactly how much you have in coins in the jar.
Who doesn’t love a burst of color when budgeting? To keep you motivated and on track towards your goals, it never hurts to have a budgeting planner that you’re actually excited about using. I know people who use basic EXCEL spreadsheets and it just doesn’t cut it for me. More power to you if it does!
I like to a) write things down instead of using a computer and b) have a method that I can take anywhere with me. A financial journal solves those problems and keeps me accountable if I throw it in my purse on the way out the door.
Even if you live in a state with gross tasting tap water (Florida, I am looking so hard at you), there’s no need to buy bottled water. It is one of the biggest wastes of money that has ever been invented for anyone living in an area where the tap water is safe to drink. You can buy individual reusable water bottles that contain filtration systems and fruit infusers to give you the bottled water taste without the bottled water price.
This is a ‘one-time’ up front expense that is totally worth it. You’ll see the savings every time you fill up your bottle and feel empty without it on you.
Last year, I crashed my car into a parked car (WHOOPS!) and haven’t gotten a new car since. We didn’t really have the extra money for a new car plus an increased insurance, on top of the extortionate parking charges at the train station every day and the cost of gas.
So, I bought a bike! It cost me $200, and we’ve saved SO much since. Yes, ideally you would not crash your existing car to get the bright idea to buy a bike, but I won’t get another car for a good 2-3 years now and we can put that money in other savings accounts.
2. Nano Towels
Europe seems to have caught onto this faster than Americans, as I soon realized once I moved to the UK. Paper towels are used much less frequently than we do in the States. Instead, you use a cloth that can be put in the washing machine again and again. Seeing as how you’ll eventually be doing laundry anyway, it doesn’t cost anything except for the initial (very cheap) cost of the cloth.
I do get slightly squicked out reusing the same cloth on gross surfaces, but we make sure to have plenty of cloths on hand and I switch them out faster than other people might.
You might not think of paper towels as something that’s breaking your budget, but at the end of the day, every little bit helps.
Behold, the best kitchen invention ever. Saving money on food is hard for me as I don’t really know how to cook and also fall into the “I don’t have time for making tomorrow’s lunch!” camp. This pressure cooker is one of the easiest gadgets to use, as you simply dump a bunch of ingredients in there, set it, and forget it.
My husband is obsessed with the joy of the pressure cooker and insists on using it as much as possible even when we’ve got plenty of food stored up. Something about the steam escaping from the top is thrilling!
In the long haul, this can help you save loads of time and money. Once it gets going, you’re free to do other things with your time, and you can throw in enough to provide leftovers for a few days. Win, win, win!